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    07/12/2016 - YEMEN

    Security forces detain militants blamed for recent deadly attacks, seizing silenced pistols and letters from IS leaders in Syria and Iraq. Government troops find four tonnes of explosives in Shihr and arrest five suspects planning “terrorist attacks”.




    07/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the secular state is a good thing, but laicism is old-fashioned


    In an interview with a Belgian weekly, Francis criticises laicism that “closes the doors to transcendence”, which instead is part of the human essence. "[N]o religion as such can foment war. Because in this case it would be proclaiming a god of destruction, a god of hatred." Synodality does not mean “descend[ing] from high to low”; it means instead “listen[ing] to the Churches, harmonis[ing] them, discern[ing]."


    07/12/2016 - UAE - IRAQ

    Chaldean Patriarch: Save Iraq's cultural heritage threatened by war

    by Louis Raphael Sako*

    In Abu Dhabi the international conference dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage in conflict areas. The goal is to collect 100 million to finance projects and initiatives. Unesco: Protection of heritage as "global strategy against hatred and extremism." Mar Sako: "Urgent need for decisive action by the international community" in cooperation with the Iraqi government.

     


    07/12/2016 - LEBANON

    Patriarch Rai: A government by Christmas, as a gift to revive country's future


    The Maronite leader urges political forces to reach an agreement, as was the case for the election of the president. The common consensus and reconciliation between Maronites and Sunnis will be complete "with the formation of a new government." But there are internal divisions and power struggles. And the "obstacles" of a "regional dimension" working to "weaken" the mandate of Aoun.


    06/12/2016 - ITALY – ORTHODOXY

    For Bartholomew, Christians cannot be indifferent to migrants and fundamentalism


    The Ecumenical Patriarch attended Mass in Bari’s Basilica of St Nicholas. We “cannot be silent before the scandal of the commodification of people, of religious fundamentalism that claims to act in the God’s name, of man's exploitation of man, of the depletion of natural resources for the benefit of a few to the detriment of the many, especially the poorest.”


    06/12/2016 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Israel, the Knesset set to legalize settlements and outposts in the Occupied Territories


    Draft norm that legalizes houses and settlements, in violation of international law, approved. Three more votes needed for entry into force. Main supporters include Bennet. B'Tselem study shows the dynamics of expropriation of land and denounces the frustration of the Palestinians. "Distorted" interpretation the law


    06/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Judas, the "perfect lost sheep" who did not understand the tenderness of God


    "May the Lord give us this grace, to wait for Christmas with our wounds, with our sins, sincerely recognized, to wait for the power of this God who comes to console, who comes with power, but his power is tenderness, caresses born from his heart, which was so good that he have his life for us. "

     


    06/12/2016 - SYRIA - UN

    Moscow and Beijing block UN resolution for a ceasefire in Aleppo


    According to Russia the document violates one of the rules of the Security Council. US response, " prepackaged excuse". The humanitarian situation in opposition controlled areas dire. Rebels say any evacuation offer "unacceptable". The US Congress vote to provide the anti-Assad front anti-aircraft missiles.


    05/12/2016 - SYRIA - EU

    Grand Mufti of Damascus: Europe aid Syria to extinguish the fire of fundamentalism


    An inter-religious meeting of Muslim and Christian leaders in Dublin. Sheikh Ahmad Badr El Din Hassun against the Arab nations and the Gulf monarchies who want to destroy the multi-ethnic and cultural soul of the country. Gregory III Laham: work for peace, not for blame. "We are all guilty in war."

     


    05/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Give” our sins to God, so that he can transform us, "re-create us"


    "God created the world; man fell into sin; Jesus comes to re-create the world. " The Lord "help us to prepare for Christmas with great faith", "because the healing of the soul, for the existential healing, the re-creation that Jesus brings takes great faith."


    05/12/2016 - SYRIA - UN

    Half of Aleppo East in the hands of Assad


    The goal of loyalists is to win back the entire metropolis in the coming weeks. Tens of thousands of displaced persons amid a new exodus of civilians. Today the UN Security Council vote on a resolution for a temporary ceasefire.

     


    04/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the kingdom of heaven is at hand, "in some way, it is already present" and asks for conversion


    “It is to leave the convenient but misleading streets, the idols of this world – success at all costs, power at the expense of the weak, thirst for wealth, pleasure at any price –and open instead the way for the Lord who comes. He does not take away our freedom, but gives us true happiness."


    02/12/2016 - HOLY SEE – ISRAEL

    Vatican and Israel criticise UNESCO: no one can deny biblical history


    The Joint Vatican-Rabbinate Committee slams decision to use only the Arabic name of the holy sites in East Jerusalem, denying the relationship between Jews and Temple Mount.


    02/12/2016 - IRAN - USA

    US Senate approves the extension of sanctions against Tehran


    Iran Sanctions Act provides for the extension to 10 years of sanctions. The text approved by 99 votes in favor, 0 votes against. Previously, the Chamber had given the green light to the law. It now needs the signature of outgoing President Obama. The point people of the future Trump administration, include the head of the CIA, ready to cancel the international agreement. Approval in Israel.

     


    01/12/2016 - LEBANON

    Patriarch al-Rahi: Fr Kolvenbach, a witness of Jesuit fidelity to the Church and Lebanon

    by Fady Noun

    The cardinal noted the special bond between the former SJ superior general and Lebanon. Since 1958, he had become an expert on Lebanon, for him a land of study and mission. He was a point of reference for priests and seminarians, young students and seniors.


    01/12/2016 - IRAQ

    Refugees hope to rebuild Mosul together and in harmony (Videos)

    by Samir Youssef

    The heads of four families – one Christian, one Yazidi, one Sabian, and one Arab Muslim – talk about their fears and hopes. All four fled Mosul and region in 2014 when the Islamic state seized them. Now they wish to live together again, and rebuild an atmosphere of togetherness and harmony. No one is exempt from Islamic fanaticism. Only God can heal us and be a source of salvation. Here is second part of the conversation (the first one was published yesterday).


    01/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope asks young people to be builders of a more healthy and caring society


    "Those who have the gift of being able to study also have a responsibility to serve for the good of humanity. Knowledge is an easy path to the integral development of society". "In the modern concept of the intellectual, working for the realization of self and in search of personal recognition, often without care for their neighbor, it is necessary to counter with a model built on solidarity, which works for the common good and for peace". Through "viable employment opportunities" in society, you can avoid the so-called 'brain drain'. 


    01/12/2016 - SYRIA - UN

    UN: Aleppo east, "one giant graveyard”, humanitarian corridors needed


    The UN Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs appeals to those who can "influence" the tide. The urgent need "to protect civilians" on the run "and ensure" access to the area under siege. " Opposition sources define Aleppo "one giant graveyard " as Assad's troops begin the "showdown".

     


    01/12/2016 - ASIA

    OPEC agree to reduce crude oil production for the first time in eight years


    The agreement was reached in Vienna. The Petroleum Exporting Countries will cut daily oil production of 1.2 million barrels. Even Russia, not in OPEC, will remove 300 thousand barrels from the market. Thefinal agreement possible thanks to the agreement  between the Iranians and Saudis.

     


    30/11/2016 - IRAQ

    Mosul refugees: the Church’s love and warmth vs the Islamic State madness (Videos)

    by Samir Youssef

    Fr Samir spoke to four heads of family who fled in 2014 with the arrival of the Islamic State. From Christian, Yazidi, Sabian and Arab Muslim backgrounds, they recount the Jihadi violence and the difficulties of exile, along with their hopes for the liberation of Mosul. The loving help provided by the Church and the Christian community is an answer to Jihadi violence. Part one.


    30/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: those who found Jesus have an “irrepressible desire” to bring him to others


    ‘Led by the Spirit for Mission’ is Francis’s message for the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. “Commitment to mission is not something added on to the Christian life as a kind of decoration, but is instead an essential element of faith itself.  A relationship with the Lord entails being sent out into the world as prophets of his word and witnesses of his love.”


    30/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: pray for others and bury the dead, works of mercy in everyday life


    At the conclusion of the cycle of catechesis dedicated to the works of mercy, Francis reminds people to pray for the living and for the dead. "Even today there are those who risk their lives to bury the poor victims of war". Best wishes to the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Saint Andrew. Appeals for AIDS sufferers and to protect the cultural heritage in war zones.

     


    30/11/2016 - SYRIA - UN

    UN Security Council emergency meeting as 20 thousand civilians flee Aleppo east


    The request comes from Paris and London ambassadors. 15 diplomats will present a document on the situation prepared by the United Nations envoy. Moscow calls the session "propaganda campaign." The exodus of civilians from the eastern sector.

     


    30/11/2016 - PAKISTAN - TURKEY

    Lahore High Court blocks deportation of 100 Turkish "gulenist" teachers


    In mid-November Ankara had hailed the Islamabad decision. The teachers are suspected of having links to the preacher Fethullah Gulen. For years in exile in the United States, Gulen is accused of masterminding the failed coup in Turkey last July.

     


    29/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: God reveals his mystery to the humble, not the learned and the scholarly


    Only the little ones "are capable of understanding" fully "the sense of humility", the "sense of fear of the Lord" because "they walk before the Lord," watched over and shielded. This is “not the humility of the one who said: 'I am humble, but proud of it'."


    29/11/2016 - INDIA - SRI LANKA - ASIA

    Card. Gracias to Asian bishops: We pray for families and for Christians in Syria

    by Santosh Digal

    The bishops gathered in Sri Lanka for the 11th plenary of the bishops' conference. This year's theme is the family in the relationship with the local Churches. On the agenda, the major challenges for family relationships. An inter-religious meeting with Islamic, Buddhist and Hindu leaders.

     


    29/11/2016 - SYRIA

    Aleppo, as army advances into rebel neighborhoods, the tragedy of fleeing civilians


    In the last 24 hours, at least 4 thousand people have fled the eastern sector. Used as human shields, they tell stories of destruction, rubble and hunger under the Islamic fundamentalists. Aleppo city is the "martyr par excellence" of the conflict. Turkish troops on Syrian territory targeted for the first time.

     


    29/11/2016 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Tel Aviv, a Palestinian assailant sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of two Israelis


    Rayed Khalil will have to serve life imprisonment for each of the two victims. The judges also imposes an additional penalty of 20 years for attempted murder. The court recognizes "aggravating circumstances" of "exceptionally serious" nature, that exclude reduction of sentences in the future.

     


    28/11/2016 - SYRIA

    Fr Ibrahim: Aleppo is "powerless and fearful", prayers for peace during Advent


    The pastor says people are "exhausted" by the escalation of the fighting and violence. The government army seized two rebel-held eastern neighbourhoods. For anti-Assad forces, this is "the worst defeat" since the beginning of the war. The humanitarian crisis in the eastern sector is getting worse. As surviving remains the main concern, families continue to flee.


    28/11/2016 - CUBA – VATICAN – ASIA

    World reactions to Fidel Castro’s death


    A few days after Fidel Castro’s death, many political leaders have reacted to his passing, expressing their condolences to the family. Pope Francis offered “prayers to the Lord for his repose” and hope for the Cuban people.






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